Josh Whitman
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Josh Whitman

Josh Whitman
Illinois Fighting Illini
Position:Athletic director
Personal information
Born: (1978-08-05) August 5, 1978 (age 40)
West Lafayette, Indiana
Height:6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight:245 lb (111 kg)
Career information
High school:West Lafayette (IN) Harrison
Career history
As player:
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
As administrator:
Career highlights and awards
As player:
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at

Josh Whitman (born August 5, 1978) is a university administrator, a lawyer, and a former American football player. He is currently the athletic director at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Whitman served as the athletic director at University of Wisconsin-La Crosse from 2011 to 2014, and Washington University in St. Louis from 2014 to 2016.[1]

Education and early career

Whitman graduated from Harrison High School in West Lafayette, Indiana in 1997.[2] He played tight end at Illinois from 1997-2000 under head coach Ron Turner.[3] Whitman graduated from Illinois in 2001 as a bronze tablet scholar with his B.S degree in finance. In 2004, he retired from the NFL and enrolled in the University of Illinois College of Law.[4] As a law student, Whitman spent time as a law clerk for Michael P. McCuskey and Michael Stephen Kanne, both of whom are United States federal judges.[4] From 2005-2008 Whitman also worked in the Illinois athletic department as a special assistant to athletic director Ron Guenther.[3] After receiving his J.D. degree summa cum laude in 2008, Whitman took a job in Washington D.C. working as an attorney for Covington & Burling, which serves as outside legal counsel for the NFL.[4]

Athletic administration career

In 2010, Whitman was hired as the athletic director for NCAA Division III Wisconsin-La Crosse.[5] While Whitman was at Wisconsin-La Crosse, Eagles teams won four national championships and 21 conference titles.[6] Whitman was later named athletic director of Washington University in St. Louis in 2014.[6]

In 2016, Whitman was hired as the 14th athletic director for the University of Illinois.[7] During his time at Illinois, Whitman has fired Bill Cubit and John Groce and also hired their replacements in Lovie Smith and Brad Underwood.[8]


  1. ^ "Illinois hires Josh Whitman as AD". ESPN. February 17, 2015. Retrieved 2015.
  2. ^ Mercer, David (2016-02-18). "Whitman hopes to restore Illinois' lost identity". Associated Press.
  3. ^ a b Haugh, David (February 16, 2016). "Josh Whitman unorthodox choice as Illinois AD but could be astute one". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2017.
  4. ^ a b c Dey, Jim (February 18, 2016). "It takes time to become an overnight success". News Gazette. Retrieved 2015.
  5. ^ "Former NFF Scholar Athlete Josh Whitman Named Wisconsin-La Crosse AD". National Football Foundation. August 23, 2010. Retrieved 2016.
  6. ^ a b Baird, Nathan (June 5, 2014). "Harrison grad Whitman named Washington U. Director of Athletics". Lafayette Journal and Courier. Retrieved 2016.
  7. ^ Baird, Nathan (July 8, 2016). "Josh Whitman's path to leadership". Lafayette Journal and Courier. Retrieved 2017.
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External links

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